What is the MediaRSS plugin?
MediaRSS (MRSS) Plugin allows you to add multimedia feeds to your Play Digital Signage content. You would typically use this plugin together with subscriptions to third-party content providers, like ScreenFeed and many others. While we try to provide all the essential plugins for standard digital signage installations, there are always scenarios when something extra is needed. Digital Signage content providers fill in the gap and provide interesting content to make your screens stand out.
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How it works?
Typically you purchase a feed from the content provider, and then you paste in the feed URL into our MediaRSS widget.
You can find a list of content providers here:
You’ll find feeds covering many topics, such as:
- Social feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
- Infotainment (Trivia / Clips / On This Day / Quotes, etc…)
- Financial (Stock prices)
- Local Traffic
- …and many more
Keep your customers up-to-date with what’s going on in the world!
While we do provide native weather plugin, but perhaps you’d like something more exotic!
Live sports scores & news from global and local events!
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My feed is not loading
We can’t always determine rather or not the URL you’re using is valid or not, but we do our best. When you insert the URL our validator will check several parameters. If the URL fails you should see one of the following messages.
- “Not found“, means the validator didn’t get anything in return when trying the URL.
- “No RSS found on page, is this RSS feed?“, means the validator found a feed, but none of it was classified as MediaRSS or even RSS.
- “Returned feed did not contain channel items or media. Content, looks like regular RSS feed.“, means the validator found the feed, but the feed is not a MediaRSS feed, just a regular RSS feed.
What is the difference between RSS feed and Media RSS feed?
Both are XML formatted data structures and both can contain images, so differentiating them can be confusing. Generally news sites and blogs publish an RSS feed whereas paid content for digital signage is mostly MediaRSS.
RSS was not originally designed to contain media (images, videos), so there is no standardized location of where the image element is positioned in XML. Over testing many feeds we have discovered found 6 different locations to look for the image tag, but it does not have to be present at all. If the media is present, it’s a thumbnail typically, meant to complement the text rather than be shown as full screen. MediaRSS was designed to address the shortcomings of RSS and each <item> contains the media inside <media:content> tag, so it’s always in one place and the media item is the core of the content (rather than a complementing thumbnail as in RSS). Second big difference is that the media items inside MRSS contain a duration, so the feed itself defines how long the items are shown.